Yeeeees, this is also a huge problem, according to my physics teacher it's really the only thing that I seem to fuck up on (which is quite surprising considering the other factors...), but I just don't understand how I'm supposed to. I read the bloody "book", line and line over and over again trying to take it in, meanwhile feeling that a comfy bed would be just right at that moment, get to the problems, brain fart, come to calculus, fill in using formulas. I feel I have no tactic whatsoever.I used to help college students in the entry-level physics courses with their homework and attempting to understand the material, so I'm familiar with a lot of the mistakes people make. IMO one of the biggest offenders is trying to memorize formulas instead of developing problem-solving techniques and truly learning the core concepts - i.e., substituting memorization for understanding. My professors used to remark that A-students would memorize five formulas over the course of the class, B-students would memorize ten, C-students would memorize twenty, D-students would memorize thirty, and F-students would memorize none. (Cue the immediate question "Which five?!" from the students, missing the point completely. ).
I think that's subjective. I usually go from 5pm to 5am, and I know I should never ever recommend that to anyoneAdditionally, how long should I really study?
But in general taking a break is a good idea, harder to learn when you are tired, and your concentration wanes the longer you keep at something.
I didn't read a whole lot of the thread, so I apologize for any redundant points.
The way I primarily studied Physics was by understanding the theory behind concepts completely. I did this often by thoroughly reading the textbook or other resources. Memorizing formulas is a very poor tactic, in my opinion, but with the theory the formulas just make sense "obviously" and by practicing problems your "hand remembers" them for you.
I'm not sure if you're currently participating in Classical, but if you never understood kinematics and dynamics, you pretty much have no foundation for the rest of the course, if not nearly all of undergraduate Physics. I would recommend reviewing all of the material from the start and don't make leaps by blindly accepting facts. Everything should follow logically from previously understood concepts and if it doesn't, don't continue until it does.
This is all subjective so this quite possibly could be terrible advice for you. Practicing Physics problems is important so you have a grasp of the material in action, but I find that almost every problem is different so you really should know what F=ma means in practice, not just on 5-10 problems.
Edit: To add, I'm extremely passionate about Physics, so this may be a pretty particular approach.
Last edited by Aurinaux; 2013-01-09 at 08:16 PM.
If I take breaks, I won't get back to studying for the rest of the day/night/weekend.
Met the ghost of Stephen Foster at the Hotel Paradise
This is what I told him as I gazed into his eyes
Ships are made for sinking, whisky made for drinking
If we were made of cellophane we'd all get stinking drunk much faster...
how... how can anyone not enjoy labs T_T *confused*
Best study advice, ever:
dont study more than 30m at a time, you will get bored, angry, pissed at it and it wont allow you to learn at all, the brain is wired to learn, if you try to force it, it will reject it.
And study at night 3 to 4h before sleep, also, every day.
i used to do 1h a day, no more, 30m sessions with 1h break between, was enough for me to pass high school via self-taught for mathematics, studied 1 year of math in 1 month :P
Last edited by Kurioxan; 2013-01-09 at 09:07 PM.
Alright, wanna thank you guys for your help, gonna do what you guys say and follow your studying advice, study in the eve instead of directly after school and eat more protein-rich food, particulary more egg and milk. Really appreciated.
One last question though, does chocolate milk count as a good substitute for plain milk?
Chocolate milk is best milk. Chocolate makes everything better, except apparently wine =/
More protein, eat before study carbs! carbs are also important.
Take supplements, a multivitamin a-z should do the trick, they are expencive but last quite a long time, if you cant afford them, eat some more veggies.
But assuming you are perfectly ok with milk, well yeah... chocolate milk is milk with added chocolate, although usually that chocolate is low quality so it wouldnt replace a 75%+ chocolate :P
Hope it helps, also dont get frustrated, you wont see results right away, but gradually you should
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Then again i dislike wine, only when made into a sangria <3